March 21, 2014 |
Andy Serkis, the actor who breathed life into the computer-generated characters of Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," will make his directorial debut with a live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book" for Warner Bros., according to the Hollywood Reporter. It is unclear if Serkis will star in the film, THR reports . Though he is best known as an actor, Serkis does have directing chops too: He served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson's two "Hobbit" movies, including the elaborate and widely praised barrel chase scene in "The Desolation of Smaug.
January 9, 2014 |
In a move to expand beyond 3-D cinema, Beverly Hills-based RealD Inc. is touting a new technology that it says will sharply improve the image quality on movies, whether they are shown in theaters or in the home. The technology, called RealD TrueImage, eliminates blemishes and artifacts (often called noise) when film and TV images are processed, creating a sharper and more detailed picture that is closer to what the filmmaker intended. The proprietary process already has the backing of one notable director, Peter Jackson, who used it for the recent release, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," both in 2-D and 3-D formats.
December 14, 2013 |
To no one's surprise, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" laid waste to the competition at the box office on Friday, earning an estimated $31 million. Starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, the 3-D "Hobbit" sequel is expected to take in around $80 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday according to pre-release audience surveys. The second of a three-part prequel to Jackson's wildly successful "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the film has earned some positive notice from critics with a 74% score on the film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
December 13, 2013 |
Last year, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had film critics wagging their fingers over Peter Jackson and company's decision to stretch J.R.R. Tolkien's slim children's novel "The Hobbit" into a movie trilogy, one that got off to a plodding start. But for many critics, the second installment, "The Desolation of Smaug," has put the series back on course. The Los Angeles Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "In the wake of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' last year's dreary, dense, disappointing slough through Middle-earth, 'The Desolation of Smaug' comes as a relief.
November 21, 2013 |
With Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” set to hit theaters, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is again about to satisfy millions of moviegoers. But what about the man who created it? Tolkien led a complicated and colorful life. Now a new Hollywood biopic looks to tell his story. “Tolkien,” as the project is tentatively called, will examine the author's life, particularly his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I, and how it influenced him and his work, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly.
June 12, 2013 |
Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Tuesday afternoon, offering the first look at the second installment of Peter Jackson's massive adaptation of Tolkein's novel. Judging by the two-minute teaser, there will be plenty of high-def, special effects-enhanced action, full of elves, dwarves, wizards and goblins. Perhaps more to the point, there will be a dragon: specifically the fire-breather Smaug, voiced by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch who, before taking on the part of the great worm, was previously seen inhabiting the roles of Sherlock Holmes, Christopher Tiejens of "Parade's End," and the villain Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness.